Fasting Guidelines

Eating and drinking instructions before surgery, diagnostic testing and/or sedation.
If you choose not to follow these instructions, your child’s surgery, diagnostic testing, and/or sedation, may be delayed or canceled.

Eight (8) hours before surgery:  

Stop milk products, citrus juices, candy, gum, greasy, oily, buttery, creamy foods, beef, chicken, pork, and fish. This also includes fast food.

Six (6) hours before surgery:  

Stop all solids foods, baby food, cereal, and formula.

Four (4) hours before surgery: Stop breastfeeding.  

Three (3) hours before surgery: Stop all clear liquids. Clear liquids include water, Kool-Aid ®, apple juice, popsicles, Jell-O ®, Pedialyte ® and Infalite ®.
*NOTE: Formula, breast milk, orange juice, and juices containing pulp are not considered clear liquids.

Please have a parent call 217-544-6464, ext., 56180 or 51081 from 6 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. if you have any questions about what you can eat or drink before your surgery. After 2:30 p.m., parents should call ext. 44350 and ask for the anesthesiologist on call to be paged.